Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, health experts in Quebec and across Canada have warned that the most vulnerable to this virus are the elderly and people who are immunocompromised. The actual figures are quite remarkable, though. Based on Quebec's coronavirus age distribution, it's clear that the virus doesn't discriminate.

Of Quebec's total cases as of March 26, 27% involve people aged 60 and above, according to data shared with MTL Blog by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

That's close to the nationwide share of total cases — 30% — that come from people in the same age group (as of March 25).

But the share of people under 40 years old with the virus is almost identical.

According to the Ministry, 31% of cases in the province involve individuals between the ages of zero and 39.

Though the elderly are more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, this data shows that just as many young adults have contracted the virus.

As of March 26, Quebec has 1,629 confirmed cases as well as eight deaths as a result of the disease.

An additional 2,622 individuals are under investigation.

The complete age distribution of cases in Quebec as of March 26 is below:

  • 0-9-year-olds: 2% of total cases

  • 10-19: 3%

  • 20-29: 11%

  • 30-39: 15%

  • 40-49: 17%

  • 50-59: 19%

  • 60-69: 15%

  • 70-79: 8%

  • 80-89: 3%

  • 90 and older: 1%

  • Unknown: 7%

Despite strict measures to protect elderly residents in Quebec, public health authorities have made clear that young people are just as capable of contracting the virus.

It's a point that Canada's chief doctor reiterated on Wednesday when she reminded residents that most of the world's COVID-19 cases involve young people.

The table below shows the exact age distribution of COVID-19 cases across Canada, including Quebec, as of March 25.

People aged 50-59 represent a plurality of cases, followed closely by the 30-39, 40-39, and 70-79 age groups.

As of March 25, the breakdown of cases by age category is as follows: 

  • 0-19-year-olds: 4% of total cases

  • 20-29: 11%

  • 30-39: 16%

  • 40-49: 16%

  • 50-59: 18%

  • 60-69: 16%

  • 70-79: 9%

  • 80 and older: 5%


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Public Health Canada confirms that community transmission has eclipsed traveller or traveller contact transmission of COVID-19.

Though it's extremely difficult to estimate a mortality rate during an ongoing pandemic, Canada has one of the lowest estimated mortality rates in the world. 

To date, only 6% of confirmed cases have required hospitalization and 2% have been transferred to an ICU.

 

Premier François Legault has assured the public that everything will be ok and to follow the recommended health and safety regulations. 


Quebec health officials released guidelines for individuals to follow to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province. You can read about them here.

More information on hygiene practices during the pandemic is available on the government of Canada's website here.

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